Jim Lambie’s Barrowland tribute will totally brighten your day…
The Glasgow School of Art degree show launches this weekend – the event that almost never was. In light of the tragic fire, it’s a much more scaled down version. Each Fine Art student will exhibit a single image that they only had one weekend to prepare.
Some students lost all their art work; others have work that may be salvaged. But when they submitted their showcase image, they didn’t know what state their work was in. The potency of each image submitted is still to be revealed.
Images might range from elements of planned degree show work to hurriedly created emergency art. And while this showcase can never replace the commitment and artistic vision every student poured into their projects over the past four years, it certainly stands as a marker combining art and history that must be seen.
So just don’t feel sad about the loss. Go, appreciate and show your support.
See the showcase from 14-21 June at The McLellan Galleries (Renfrew Street entrance). 10am – 5pm.
Drop that Easter egg & get to Glasgow International – on til 21 April
Glasgow is a city with a constant hub of visual art. But Glasgow International (GI) has a wonderful way of putting art in your way – so you literally can’t miss it.
The Briggait has been overrun with the build up to GI. Inflatable ladders leading up to my office on the balcony offer an alternative route down. The exhibition, Reclaimed – The Second Life of Sculpture – explores the historical and contemporary work, including some of that’s not seen the light of day for two decades.
Some of the exhibits are a flashback to the 80s. So stroll around this eclectic mix and absorb it all.
It’s ok to touch
The GoMA is home to my favourite exhibition – Things to Come by Aleksandra Domanvoic. A must see. Art you can touch is always an exciting novelty – and you can walk through this art.
And if you fancy learning more, check out the small DVD library of films you can borrow for 48 hours. Brilliant.
There’s a huge programme of events happening across Glasgow for GI until the 21April, including talks, walks and workshops. So go on – stumble across some art across the city, try out a workshop and discover something new and wonderful.
Fun and games at the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
There are some things that simply look better in person. Jack Vettriano’s magnificent works of art are certainly one of them.
You just don’t see them – you breathe them in, truly experiencing each captivating scene. So if you can get yourself to the Kelvingrove before the 23 February, do.
This prolific artist often divides people’s opinion. Adore him or loathe him, there is no denying that his artistry is worth seeing in person.
Face-to-face with the butler
Admiring acclaimed works like the ‘Singing Butler’ is nothing short of mesmerising. Her red dress burst off the canvas and contrasting colours and textures intoxicate my mind. And I’m certain I detect a gust of wind sweep by from the blustery scene.
It’s also nice to discover Mr Vettriano’s other more recent, but equally magnificent, ‘Scorched’ of a sun-drenched sultry bather. Room after room after room continues to enthrall and enthuse. How many beautiful paintings can one man paint? Many.
Colour your memories beautiful
Discovering some of his sources of inspiration – from Scarlet O’Hara, to David Bowie and Leonard Cohen – gives particular insight into his life, loves and work.
And though I can’t take any pictures, my memories are now vividly coloured with hypnotic scenery.
A tip – book your tickets in advance to skip the queue. Or if like us you didn’t think ahead, do stick around for 20 minutes wait – it is worth every second.
The next time you’re out, take a closer look around. Some of the ‘wall art’ decorating Glasgow’s bars, pubs and (ahem) loos is really rather quite charming.
Some of our favourites:
What are yours? And do you know the golden hamster?